Saudi Customs has taken some precautionary measures and the best practices to safeguard public health security and to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, while ensuring the continuity and smooth flow of trade. These procedures are as follows:
1. Trucks arriving at Saudis ports for transit:
As of 1 July, the curfew is lifted and daily life is almost back to normal. Only Saudi resident drivers with Saudi registered vehicles are allowed to bring back loads from UAE; UAE goods vehicles have only recently been allowed to deliver food and medical supplies to Saudi local markets.
Source: Saudi Customs
Saudi Customs will allow UAE freight trucks to enter the country, for a period of 5 days, starting 15 April. So far, only Saudi trucks with resident drivers were allowed to enter from UAE to KSA.
Customs are allowing only 25-30 trucks to enter the country, per day, since the start of the pandemic. This has created long queues at the border with Saudi Arabia, which could result in waiting times of up to 3 days.
Customs are allowing clearance to be done at the border rather than inland. This has significantly eased the traffic and the queues are gradually diminishing.
Source: IRU Secretariat
Only essential goods are allowed in transit such as food, medical and military supplies.
Strict confinement measures are in place and there is a curfew from 15:00-06:00. This does not apply to those with special authorisation, such as drivers on duty.
Containers are cleaned with special materials upon their arrival at Saudi Ports, as instructed by the Ports Authority.
Citizens from the following countries are prohibited from entering from Saudi Ports (Decision of Ports Authority dated 14.03.2020): China, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, South Korea, Oman, Sudan, EU, Switzerland, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Djibouti, Somalia and Philippines.
Source: Saudi customs authorities